Secretary - Assunta Di Lorenzo
Ms. Assunta Di Lorenzo was appointed Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor of
Canada in January 2018. She received her commission as Deputy of the Governor General on January
Ms. Di Lorenzo was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Italian parents, where she grew up with her sister and
two brothers. She was awarded a scholarship to the United World College - Lester B. Pearson of the
Pacific, in Victoria, British Columbia, where she earned an International Baccalaureate. She then pursued
her studies in political science at McGill University and in law at the University of Ottawa. She later
obtained an advanced management certificate and an executive development certificate from McGill University. Ms Di Lorenzo is a member of the Law Society of Ontario as well as of the Barreau du Québec.
Ms. Di Lorenzo is a corporate lawyer and businesswoman with extensive experience in leading teams and
providing strategic advice to heads of organizations, be it governmental, public or private, both locally
and internationally. She practised law with some of Canada’s largest and most prominent law firms,
starting the first ten years of her career as a securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer with
Stikeman Elliott and Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Later, she became a partner of the law
firms Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons) and of McMillan, where she provided advice on corporate
governance and regulatory issues.
Ms. Di Lorenzo also spent more than twenty years as an executive of private and public entities. First, she
was First Vice-President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of TAL
Global Asset Management, the then investment management arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of
She then held executive positions with federal and provincial governmental organizations: first, as First
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board
(PSP), a federal Crown corporation investing pension fund assets worldwide and, until most recently, as
Corporate Secretary and Executive Director, Corporate and Legal Affairs, of the Réseau de transport
métropolitain (formerly, l’Agence métropolitaine de transport), a provincial public transit government
agency providing rail and bus services to the greater Montreal area.
Ms. Di Lorenzo served as board member of the Montreal Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation for numerous
years and is an alumna of Catalyst WomenOnBoard.
Ms. Di Lorenzo enjoys playing golf with her son who is studying law at the University of Montreal. Her
interests include music, history and travel. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and she
can also speak some Polish.